Johann Elias Ridinger, Deer, Hind, Game

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Deer, Hind, Game. “Hind … Lying (to the right), brownish yellowish, below grey” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVA. / Biche. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / Rid. fec. (probably indicating Martin Elias as engraver). 12 × 8⅛ in (30.5 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1008. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., sect. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ The deer goes in fawn for fourty weeks and fawns mostly in the month of May. Ordinarily it has but one, rarely two young ones … The fourth figure represents one such deer or hind sitting, which, as already known, has no weights ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 15 f. & 12 f. resp., enclosed in copy).

With watermark I Kool as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 2-3.1 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – The caption colored somewhat irregular.

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